Trust in everything is plummeting. Except my company’s CEO.
That’s the theme from the 21st edition of the Edelman Trust Barometer( area indicate: They’ve been displaying this thing for 21 times ?!?! Man, I feel old-time ).
While the continued loss of trust in government, NGOs and media is surely concerning-and not great for communicators. The rise in trust for “my regional employer” and “my employer’s CEO” could to be translated into huge triumphs for your organization in 2021 -with the claim steps.
As I read over the Trust Barometer last weekend, I couldn’t help but is coming to one key tactic that more communicators could be propagandizing: Get your CEO out in front on social media-specifically LinkedIn and/ or your corporate blog.
Let’s let the data do the talking, shall we?
Data Point# 1- Business now most trusted
Not by a wide margin, thoughts you. But this is significant. And, what’s more, as you can see, it’s not just in the US. Industries are more relied in the majority firms around the world.
Data Point# 2: Trust highest in “my regional employer”
Sure, trust in “my employer” was down in the US this year( -2 ), but at 72%, it’s still highest among all sources. And again, still highest for most corporations around the world.
Data Point# 3- Trust higher in my neighbourhood CEO than everyone but scientists
Not only is trust higher in regional employers, it’s likewise higher in local CEOs. And, unlike every other position on such lists, confidence in neighbourhood CEOs did NOT go down in 2020.
Data Point# 4- “My CEO” relied most by both Biden and Trump backers
Key point now: Regional Ceos are most relied not just among Democrats-but among folks of all political stripes.
Data Point# 5- “Employer media” most believable
Content from boss appears to be the most relied source of the information contained. Actually a little surprised “National Government” is# 2 on such lists, but the facts of the case that employer-based media is# 1 is huge for communicators.
Data Point# 6- CEOs should take the lead
We’ve seen this in other surverys over the last couple times, but Edelman also experienced, fairly demonstrably, that people want CEOs to speak up and attack societal issues.
Data Point# 7- I expect CEOs to speak out about issues
Again, people are looking for leadership from their neighbourhood CEO. On COVID, societal issues and regional community issues.
These data points paint a pretty clear picture: Hires trust their CEOs more than anyone else and they want to hear a lot more from them.
So, what opportunities do we have as communicators in its first year onward? Although most were doing the most appropriate to get CEOs out in front of employee publics a great deal in 2020, I look some clear the chances for the New Year 😛 TAGEND Opportunity# 1- Polish your CEO’s LinkedIn profile and make a plan
Table posts for 2021. No question. It’s time. If your CEO doesn’t have a functioning LinkedIn profile, it’s high time to get on that. And, if it’s imperfect, is necessary to polish it up! But, most importantly, start to make a plan for how your CEO can start effectively demonstrating up on the programme. Start with get them in the habit of using the tool-even time 5-10 minutes a day will make a difference. Then, get them engaging. Liking and commenting on employee content is a good place to start( ascertain# 3 below ). Finally, make a plan for what they will announce about on LinkedIn. What are your content pillars? And recollect, you don’t want to repurpose internal themes now directly-LinkedIn requires a different kind of message and content.
Opportunity# 2- Get your CEO out in front of employees more regularly
Here’s where a announce on LinkedIn every week can make a big difference. No, LinkedIn hasn’t historically been considered an employee comms channel-but it should definitely be a complimentary channel! I know most communicators have probably been doing this in 2020, but I’d also ratchet up CEO visibility in 2021. More Town Hall meetings( practically, to start ). More email communications( without inundating parties ). More videos. When I worked on the corporate area earlier in my career, the one thing we always heard from employees was: We want to hear more from our CEO. It was always# 1. I can’t imagine that’s changed in light of the year we just had. And, the stats above from Edelman confirm that.
Opportunity# 3- Look for ways to humanize your CEO
In 2020, a good deal of CEOs became more active on LinkedIn, which is awesome. Many of us have been lobbying for this to happen for years! It took a pandemic to make it a reality. But, I appreciated one key misunderstanding make use of numerous CEOs in 2020 on LinkedIn-they still felt too stiff. Too corporate. Not congenial. I’d intimate doing the opposite-making your CEO more human. Softer. More affable. That’s what hires crave. They don’t want a robot leader-they mis a strong, but empathetic governor they can relate to. So, give them that. Help your CEO weave in themes that parade her personality more. Add in personal storeys that connect with works. For far too long, CEOs have balk away from opening up about who they are as people-those dates are long gone in 2021.
Opportunity# 4- More visibility doesn’t have to mean more content
Case in object: Take a sheet from H& R Block’s CEO, Jeff Jones, and help your CEO comment and like hire content on LinkedIn more. XX makes a habit out of this, commenting on employee poles weekly. And, I have to believe that’s intentional-and that it’s making a big impact. Couldn’t you sit down with your CEO and coach them through this process? Help them understand how to identify employee-generated berths on LinkedIn, and come up with appropriate responses. In reality, this could take as little as 10 -1 5 minutes per week. Again, with a huge impact. Think about being a store manager at Walmart and having Doug McMillon comment on your LinkedIn post? If you don’t think that would make a big difference in employee morale and positivity, you haven’t toiled in communications long enough!
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